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Welcome to The Party Wagon! My name is Lydia , and I will be your hostess on this adventure through adorable children's parties. Get ready for all sorts of goodies, tips, tricks and hints on all things pertaining to entertaining your little ones and their friends!

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Thursday
Apr242014

MARSHMALLOW DAISIES ~ SPRING BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

These flowers will brighten anyone's day!  I love how easy these Marshmallow Flowers are to make and how much fun the kids have making them!  These sweet little treats would be a perfect idea for birthday party sweets or for favors!  Read on to see how to make them!

I made these with a group of children to go in a cup of strawberries.  The flowers look cute popping up from a cup- it looks just like a flower pot!  You can make these on a cookie base if you want a flat surface.  I made these with 2 marshmallows- but there are lots of possibilities.  Read on for directions on making...

TO MAKE THE FLOWERS/DAISIES YOU WILL NEED...

1.  TWO MARSHMALLOWS PER FLOWER

2.  A SMALL CANDY FOR EACH CENTER (I used large candy buttons, but you can use Skittles, M&M's, etc.)

3.  A LOLLIPOP STICK FOR STEM

4.  RIBBON FOR BOW

5.  KITCHEN SCISSORS

1.  THE FIRST STEP IS TO USE A MARSHMALLOW AS A BASE.

2.  USING THE 2ND MARSHMALLOW AND SCISSORS (use caution- this is obviously better for the adults to do), CUT THE MARSHMALLOW INTO "PETALS".  I USUALLY GET 5 PETALS FROM ONE MARSHMALLOW.

WHEN YOU CUT THE MARSHMALLOWS, THE PETALS FORM AUTOMATICALLY.  

3.  USING THE STICKY PART (the middle of the petals), ATTACH THE PETALS TO THE BASE MARSHMALLOW.

4.  PRESS THE CANDY CENTER INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOWER.

5.  ADD A LOLLIPOP STICK.  SERVE IMMEDIATELY (we served ours with strawberries).  ENJOY!

A FEW HELPFUL HINTS...

The marshmallow petals are very sticky.  Hold them by the edges and then press the sticky middle to the base marshmallow.  It may take a couple of tries for the kids to get the hang of it.  I also use waxed paper to make them on so that the marshmallows don't stick.  

If the kitchen scissors get too sticky while cutting petals, wash and dry them.

I used to make these with my 2nd grade classes at Mother's Day.  We would bake sugar cookies on a stick and frost them in pretty colors.  We would then put the marshmallow petals on top of the icing to create the flower.  They were lovely and fun!  Mom's loved getting a "flower" from their children!  These make a sweet treat at place settings, too.  A great Mother's Day surprise or birthday party idea!

I hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday
Apr232014

MINECRAFT BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

This party will have everyone creeping over to your house!  Built for fun and excitement, this party (by A Stylish Affair by Jessie) offers lots of Minecraft birthday party ideas!  I love all of the cute candy ideas for the dessert table- and the cake is super cute, too!

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Tuesday
Apr222014

TRAIN BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS ~ ALL ABOARD!

Wow!  What a cute train cake made by Lulabelle!  Train party themes are always fabulous for birthday party ideas for girls and boys!  We all love to count the cars, wave to the engineer, or wait to see the caboose- and for a child, it is magical!  I love this dessert table that Lulabelle designed ~ I hope you will find a few ideas to use for your next train party!  All aboard for a fantastic delivery of train birthday party ideas! 

The trendy chevron backdrop looks great with the train track and depot of fun happening on this dessert table...

I love how Lulabelle used the train "box cars" to hold other treats...

The cupcakes were topped with train crossing signs~

I love the macarons in a pattern- and the cute train-shaped cookies~ such a fun idea!

This dessert table is definitely on the right track for fun, adorable, and creative!  What a great way to add a lot of fun and interest to a train-themed birthday!  Thank you for sharing these lovely desserts with us, Lulabelle!

PARTY IDEAS, DESIGNS, DESSERTS BY LULABELLE (FACEBOOK).  ALSO FIND LULABELLE HERE (WEBSITE).

Monday
Apr212014

SPRING GARDEN PARTY AND BIRTHDAY PARTY IDEAS

The beginning of spring just makes you want to celebrate- and that is exactly what Brandi, of Painted and Sprinkled, did!  Brandi put together this adorable idea for a spring playdate- and it is also perfect for birthday party ideas or garden party ideas!  I love the nod to lady bugs- one of my favorites!  Brandi puts her own spin on it with a unique color palette~ enjoy these beautiful spring party ideas!

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Sunday
Apr132014

EASTER PEEPS ~ MARSHMALLOW CHICKS WITH GUMMY WORMS

These little yellow chicks are impatiently waiting for their baby chicks to hatch...these little treats are perfect for spring party ideas, Easter party ideas, and birthday party ideas!  Not to mention school and church groups, too...

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